What is Candida?
“Candida” commonly is referring to the Candida Albicans fungus, which is the most common yeast in the human gastrointestinal system. In normal days, as long as the candida is balanced with healthy bacteria, then Candida is in a controlled state and causes no health issues. It even helps digest food, increases nutrient absorption, and is part of the protective layer of bacteria and yeast in the body.
What caused Candida Overgrowth?
Unfortunately, sometimes conditions are ripe for Candida Albicans to grow out of control – often when there is a decrease in beneficial microbes, such as:
taking a course of antibiotics
a poor diet
having chronic stress,
having chronic illness
taking medication such as oral contraceptive pills.
This is where the Candida secures the opportunity to reproduce rapidly, and it experiences little or no threat from friendly microbes or immune responses.
What Problems can Candida Overgrowth cause?
Candida overgrowth can cause a multitude of problems, including oral thrush, bad breath, vaginal yeast infections, nail fungus, jock itch, intestinal disorders (IBS), fatigue, foggy brain, and more.
Why Women tend to have Candida Overgrowth?
Due to the biological & hormonal difference, women have a higher risk to get Candida overgrowth comparing to men. This has been shown that around 75% of women develop vaginal candida infection in their lifetime. Besides that, women are also prone to have higher cases of having IBS related symptoms, a condition that may be caused by Candida overgrowth. The study also showing female tend to intake more antibiotic compare to their male counterpart. This increase the risk of having an oral candida infection.
How can ProGIGuard Help?
ProGIGuard contains the good yeast probiotic - S.cerevisiae CNCM I-3856 500mg. It has been proven to relieve symptoms of Candida overgrowth conditions such as white discharge, IBS and oral thrush.
It helps to control Candida count, by:
inducing coaggregation with Candida, lead to clearance from the body.
forming a barrier on the organ's epithelium, prevent C.albican adherence on it.
affecting Candida virulence factors makes it less invasive to the organ's epithelium.
improving the body's immune defence system. Strong immunity helps control the body's pathogens count.
What makes ProGIGuard so Unique?
Most probiotics in the market are from bacteria strains. ProGIGuard is a unique patented strain of baker's yeast probiotic strain S.Cerevisiae CNCM I-3856, produced by one of the biggest yeast production companies Lesaffre from France.
The benefit of a yeast probiotic:
Bigger cell - ProGIGuard yeast probiotic has a bigger surface area compared to bacteria probiotic, this translates to a smaller quantity count needed to perform its beneficial effect.
Resistance to antibiotics - ProGIGuard doesn't get killed nor weakened by antibiotic treatment.
Acid resistance (Gastric acid, bile acid) - due to its robust cell wall, ProGIGuard is able to survive through the stomach and bile acid environment.
Immune modulation - ProGIGuard has been proven to stimulate the body's own immune defences which is vital control and managing pathogens' growth & improve immunity.
ProGIGuard for Candida Overgrowth
ProGIGuard helps to aid clearance of Candida Albicans and helps to reduce the Candida Overgrowth related condition. ProGIGuard is suitable to take especially:
During antibiotics treatment - antibiotics disrupt endogeneous balanced gut microbiota, allowing antibiotic-resistant pathogens such as Candida Albicans to flourish.
During stressful and fatigue times - Chronic stress and tiredness will lead to lower immune defences to fight against bad pathogens such as Candida.
During an acute crisis of Candida infection - ProGIGuard aid faster recovery by working as an adjuvant therapy with conventional drug treatment for conditions such as Vaginal Candidiasis, Irritable bowel symptoms caused by candida overgrowth.
During contraceptive treatment - The use of an intrauterine device (IUD) and some contraceptive pills may accelerate Candida growth.
How to know whether I have Candida Overgrowth?
The below test is reviewing the signs and symptoms to determine if you have Candida Albicans Overgrowth. Candida Overgrowth symptoms are so numerous and seemingly unrelated that they can be sometimes confusing to both doctor and patient. The majority of people who have Candida Overgrowth do not realize they have it until they become seriously ill. Why? Because Candida fungus not only steals nutrients from the food that you eat, it produces poisons in the tissues with waste material containing over 75 known toxins. Candida Albicans is linked, directly or indirectly, to the following list of conditions and symptoms.
Review the 80 likely symptoms listed below to see if any apply to you. Give yourself ONE POINT for each of those which you have had persistently (for a month or longer, either currently or at any time in the past).
ADDED UP YOUR SCORE _____ (one point per symptom)
0-4 points – Indicates variations of normal living (unless persistent and severe).
5-9 Points – Indicates a Clear Pattern shows likely development of Candida Overgrowth Dysbiosis.
10 or more – Indicates Strong Pattern and almost certain Candida Overgrowth Dysbiosis.
Yeast infections that return may be a sign of more serious conditions.